The Digital Public Library of America project appears to be an American version of the Europeana project described in other posts. I will be posting more about it here as I get the opportunity. Exciting!!
Many of our readers may have seen mention here and there about the idea
of creating a genuine digital public library for the United States,
something many countries around the world have done. One of the most
active advocates of this idea, and the one who has left the greatest
trail of articles related to the proposal online is the historian and
director of the Harvard University Library, Robert Darnton (see for
example, this piece).
I have watched Darnton speak about the DPLA on several occasions and I
think he strikes the perfect balance between the pragmatist and an
advocate for creating a library that isn’t afraid to reach for its true
potential. The topic has also found mention here at the Chronicle, both in longer articles and in several postings over at the Wired Campus.
Through their new website and not so shadowy mailing list, I read with excitement about the results of their recent “Beta Sprint”
which invited various projects to submit code and concepts for the
platform and functionality of the DPLA. Those chosen, which include an
ongoing project of metaLAB (at) Harvard
that I have been fortunate to get to know well in recent months (I’ll
save that for another posting), will have the chance to present their
ideas next week.
On October 21, at the National Archives, there will be an open
meeting that brings together many of the stakeholders and interested
parties. I’ll be up here in Boston for THATCamp NE
and unable to attend, but I urge anyone in the DC area who is
interested in being part of the conversation about this important
initiative to attend. Read more about the event here, and register for the plenary meeting here.